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A contemporary synthesis of the philosophical, theoretical and practical methodologies of illustration and its future development


Illustration is contextualized visual communication; its purpose is to serve society by influencing the many aspects of its cultural infrastructure; it dispenses knowledge and education, it commentates and delivers journalistic opinion, it persuades, advertises and promotes, it entertains and provides for all forms of narrative fiction. A Companion to Illustration explores the definition of illustration through cognition and research and its impact on culture. It explores illustration's boundaries and its archetypal distinction, the inflected forms of its parameters, its professional, contextual, educational and creative applications. This unique reference volume offers insights into the expanding global intellectual conversation on illustration through a compendium of readings by an international roster of scholars, academics and practitioners of illustration and visual communication.


Encompassing a wide range of thematic dialogues, the Companion offers twenty-five chapters of original theses, examining the character and making of imagery, illustration education and research, and contemporary and post-contemporary context and practice. Topics including conceptual strategies for the contemporary illustrator, the epistemic potential of active imagination in science, developing creativity in a polymathic environment, and the presentation of new insights on the intellectual and practical methodologies of illustration.





Evaluates innovative theoretical and contextual teaching and learning strategies

Considers the influence of illustration through cognition, research and cultural hypotheses

Discusses the illustrator as author, intellectual and multi-disciplinarian

Explores state-of-the-art research and contemporary trends in illustration

Examines the philosophical, theoretical and practical framework of the discipline



A Companion to Illustration is a valuable resource for students, scholars and professionals in disciplines including illustration, graphic and visual arts, visual communications, cultural and media and advertising studies, and art history.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 688 pages
  • 178 x 251 x 38mm | 1,462g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 111918553X
  • 9781119185536
  • 1,645,075

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WILEY BLACKWELL COMPANIONS TO ART HISTORY

A Companion to Illustration

A contemporary collection of the philosophical, theoretical and practical methodologies of illustration and its future development

Illustration is contextualized visual communication. Its purpose is to serve society by influencing the many aspects of its cultural infrastructure, to dispense knowledge and education, and to commentate and deliver journalistic opinion. It persuades, advertises, promotes, entertains, and provides for all forms of narrative fiction. A Companion to Illustration explores the definition of illustration and its impact on culture, its boundaries and archetypal distinction, the inflected forms of its parameters as well as its professional, contextual, educational, and creative applications. This unique reference volume offers insights into the expanding global conversation on illustration through a compendium of readings by an international roster of scholars, academics, and practitioners of illustration and visual communication.

Encompassing a wide range of thematic dialogues, the Companion comprises twenty-five chapters exploring the character and making of imagery, illustration education and research, as well as contemporary and post-contemporary context and practice. Topics include conceptual strategies for the contemporary illustrator, the epistemic potential of active imagination in science, developing creativity in a polymathic environment, and the presentation of new insights on the intellectual and practical methodologies of illustration. Evaluates innovative, theoretical and contextual teaching and learning strategies Discusses the illustrator as author, intellectual, and multi-disciplinarian Explores state-of-the-art research and contemporary trends in illustration Examines the philosophical, theoretical, and practical framework of the discipline

A Companion to Illustration is a valuable resource for students, scholars, and professionals in disciplines including illustration, graphic and visual arts, visual communications, cultural, media and advertising studies, as well as art history.
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Table of contents

List of Illustrations viii


About the Editor xiv


Notes on Contributors xv


Series Editor's Preface xx


Preface xxi


Introduction: The Paradigm of Illustration 1
Alan Male


Part I The Theory, Character, and Making of Imagery 19


1 Making Visible: Illustration Through Identification, Categorization, and Metaphor 21
Stuart Medley


2 Conceptual Illustration: Framework and Methodologies 47
Rebecca Heavner


3 Learning from the Past, from Giotto to Transport for London: Travels in Space and Time 59
Laurence North


4 Reportage: Drawing the Stories 85
Melanie Reim


5 Animated Illustrations - Animated Illustrators: Influences From Traditional Illustration in Outstanding Animated Films 102
Maria Lorenzo Hernandez


6 Illustration in Motion: Sequential Momentum in Children's Illustrated Books 140
Sarah McConnell


Part II Education and Research 161


7 Illustrators: Collaborative Problem Solvers in Three Environments 163
Susan Hagan


8 What is the Nature of Illustration Expertise? 185
David Blaiklock


9 The Illustrator as Visual Problem Solver: A Deconstruction of Conceptual Strategies for the Contemporary Illustrator 199
Sue Clarke


10 Design for Life: Research Methods, Design Thinking, and Authorial Illustration Practice 229
Stephanie Black


11 Putting Theory into Practice 250
Mario Minichiello


Part III Context 275


12 How Illustration Works: Exploring a Model of Editorial Illustration in Print and Online Media 277
Nanette Hoogslag


13 Shifting Authorship: The Illustrator's Role in Contemporary Book Illustration: Decision?Making with Depictive, Augmenting, and Appropriational Strategies: Illustration: Concept of Diffusion vs. Innovation 305
Franziska Walther


14 Illustration: On the Epistemic Potential of Active Imagination in Science 330
Kathrin Mira Amelung


15 The Symbiotic Dilemma of the Children's Picture Book Maker in a Polymathic World 354
Karenanne Knight


16 Framing Questions and Modes of Inquiry in Illustration Process and Critique 378
Robert Brinkerhoff


17 The Inquiring Eye: Illustration and the Production of Knowledge 400
Patricia Likos Ricci


18 The Meaning of Illustration in Early Nineteenth-Century America 422
Christopher J. Lukasik


19 Historical and Philosophical Relations Between the Uncanny and Illustration 444
Carolyn Shapiro


20 The Fabrica of Vesalius: A Semiotic Analysis 467
Alan Young


Part IV Contemporary and Post-Contemporary Practice 493


21 Future Dialogs for Illustration 495
Roderick Mills


22 Developing Creativity in a Polymathic Environment 515
Andrew Hall


23 The Polymath Principle in the Twenty-First Century 554
Alice A. Carter


24 Race, Perception, and Responsibility in Illustration 570
Robyn Phillips-Pendleton


25 Understanding Illustration - Process, Perception, and Profession: The Legitimacy 600
Jo Davies


Index 623
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About Dana Arnold

Alan Male is Professor Emeritus, Falmouth University, UK. He is an internationally recognized academic, writer, illustrator, and lecturer on communication, historical and cultural studies, and professional illustration practice. Professor Male is author of Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective, Illustration: Meeting the Brief, and The Power and Influence of Illustration. He has won numerous international awards and has illustrated more than 170 books.
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